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Nick Charles

Nick Charles
President, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust

Recent Posts

The Impact of FSMA on Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tackling a number of initiatives under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that holds food retailers, manufacturers/suppliers and distributors accountable for food quality and keeping the public safe from the effects of contaminated food outbreaks.

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2017 Trends Forecast for Pizzerias and Other Restaurants

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 9:14:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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Out with the old, in with the new! 2017 is shaping up to be a year of continued evolution for the restaurant industry, which will naturally shape pizzeria trends in terms of tastes, experience and operations.

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Pizza 101: Tips and Tricks for Using a Wood-Fired Oven [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2016 9:20:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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Wood-fired ovens are unique, and some traditional oven rules don’t apply. Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is here to share tips and tricks for making a perfectly cooked, tasty wood-fired pizza.

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The Fast-Casual Trend: Impact on Pizza & Restaurant Industries

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2016 9:18:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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With a reported double-digit percentage growth from 2014 to 2015, the fast-casual restaurant sector is a force to be reckoned with in foodservice—a force of $30 billion-plus in annual sales, to be exact.

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Pizza 101: Hand Stretching a Dough Ball [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Performance/Quality

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Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is back in the kitchen to demonstrate how to hand stretch a dough ball into the crust of a patron-pleasing pizza.

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Pizza 101: Tools You Need and How to Use Them [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 26, 2016 2:49:14 PM / by Nick Charles posted in Kitchen Operations

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Making pizza is part skill, part art and all dependent on the proven tools of the trade. What does it take to make the perfect pie? Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks us through Pizza 101: The Tools You Need and How to Use Them.

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Pizza Crust Types: Flatbreads

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2016 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Ancient in origin and a world traveler like the people who first made it, flatbread (or “first bread”) evolved from a basic cultural staple of ground grain and water into a beloved, versatile flat crust infused with signature mixes of herbs and spices that complement any number of toppings.

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Pizza Crust Types: Whole Grain and Multigrain

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2016 8:59:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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When creating or expanding menu offerings, experimenting with different crust types is a great way to generate interest and buzz that will draw in new patrons. It’s also a perfect opportunity to capitalize on popular trends, like healthier eating options. 

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Why Your Independent Pizzeria Needs Digital Ordering Options

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2016 9:01:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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It used to be that customers had to make a few basic decisions about their pizza order: crust type, toppings and dine-in, takeout or delivery. Customers still call these shots, but now they also get to choose how to place the order.

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Why We Celebrate Independent Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2016 10:35:43 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Customer Service

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Independence and freedom. You probably heard these two words a lot this past weekend as the country commemorated July 4th. The spirit of the holiday inspired us to have a little “independents” celebration of our own – recognizing and thanking the many independent pizzeria owners/operators who entrust their business and unique, signature creations to Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust.

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